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  • event rider size ??

    ok please promise not to wreck or derail in the first 15 posts at least. kay??

    what is the biggest event rider you know and what level do they ride ???

    I am not asking about weight and/or pounds, but rather height (which I understands correlates to height after a certain point) or to use and old livestockmans' term "frame"?? And knowing VERY little about it I'm asking here

    Tamara in TN
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  • #2
    I can never tell how tall people are when they're mounted, and also can't think of anyone I know who events that is so shockingly tall and/or broad that they strike me as unusually large people. Mudroom2 is a tall dude, but very lean.

    I guess I'm not being very helpful! Mark Todd and William Fox-Pitt are quite tall, no?
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    • Original Poster

      no no not "who" so much as the size involved...5'9", 6'1", 6'3" that sort of thing...

      Tamara in TN
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      • #4
        WFP is 6'3 or 6'4 and riding at the 4 star level- thin frame
        That what you are looking for?
        I also know a couple of solidly built tall men (about 6 feet and definitely 200+ pounds) that ride up to the prelim level
        There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


        • #5
          I can think of a couple guys in our area who have ridden advanced (though more recently I've seen them on greenies) that seem like bigger football player type (I don't know, I'm a bad estimator, maybe 6'1/200 or so). There is also a larger woman (guessing <200) who rides at Advanced.

          I haven't seen anyone unusually large either, but I think there is a wide range of rider (and horse) physiques out there.

          If you are asking this on behalf of a larger rider who wants to get into eventing, I don't think size should deter them.


          • #6
            There are a couple of guys around here eventing... considerably taller than I am (5'10") and fairly solid in an athletic way. Don't know them well enough to ask what they weigh, but I'm sure they're not flyweights.
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            • #7
              Mark Todd is also 6'3".

              Originally posted by bambam View Post
              WFP is 6'3 or 6'4 and riding at the 4 star level- thin frame
              That what you are looking for?
              I also know a couple of solidly built tall men (about 6 feet and definitely 200+ pounds) that ride up to the prelim level


              • #8
                I know of a girl who is at least 6' but very slender, and her mother is at least 5'10 (my height), but I think taller. Girl is going training but who knows how far she'll go, she's quite committed and good. Her mom schools prelim I think. Also, I generally recall a lot of "not petite" people in my area at the events.

                I always got the impression eventing spoke to a much broader spectrum of rider types than other disciplines... as long as you were capable, you'd move forward. I know you didn't ask this specifically, but I think it's worth mentioning. It makes eventing that much more unique.
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                • #9
                  William Fox-Pitt is 6'5".

                  There's another European rider who is even taller, I think he's Swiss. I saw something about him in Eventing magazine -- I think he's a YR (or just out of YR) and has ridden at CCI***.


                  • #10
                    Thank you DW, I'll take "lean" any day!

                    I am 6'4" just over 200 #'s, have competed up to CCI* on my 17.2 TB/Perch (he is probably 1600#'s)


                    • #11
                      You know I was just wondering the exact opposite: what's the height of the smallest eventer out there?
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                      • #12
                        Karen O'Connor, Kim Severson and Gina Miles are all petite. Not sure who is the smallest, we should have a lineup!

                        One of the things I like about eventing is how you - and your horse! -don't have to be a cookie cutter shape to succeed.


                        • #13
                          [quote=JER;5366532]William Fox-Pitt is 6'5".
                          I have seen official profiles give him a range of heights from 6'3 to 6'5
                          He did not look 5 inches taller than me when I stood next to him so I tend to regard the 6'5 number with scepticism but I did not pull out a tape measure or research it or ask him so who knows- he could be
                          There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


                          • #14
                            Good riders come in all sorts of sizes. When I think of the extremes, I think of folks like Carol Kozlowski, who is tiny and a fabulous rider. She successfully petitioned to change the rules requiring riders to carry a certain amount of weight at FEI events. On the other extreme, Kyle Carter is a fairly tall, substantial rider, and does a lovely job on his upper level and WEG horses - and I suspect never had to carry a weight pad at any point in his career.


                            • #15
                              Hawley Bennet is TINY. I want to say 5'2" or under. And Livingstone was not a small horse!
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                              • #16
                                My coach has ridden several horses at advanced/ 3* and she is tiny - only 5ft.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by VicariousRider View Post
                                  Hawley Bennet is TINY. I want to say 5'2" or under. And Livingstone was not a small horse!
                                  Yup I think she's 5'2 or so haha! She looks much better on my skinny little 16 hand tb than I do she's definitely smaller than Karen and gina!


                                  • #18
                                    Jennifer Wooten is TINY. Maybe not the shortest, but definitely smaller than anyone I've seen. She buys her clothes in the childrens' section, and size 0 is too big for her.


                                    • #19
                                      [QUOTE=Tamara in TN;5366117I am not asking about weight and/or pounds, but rather height (which I understands correlates to height after a certain point)
                                      thanks! [/quote]

                                      Yes...height does tend to correlate with height....

                                      Had to point it out because it made me chuckle.

                                      Height and weight do not seem to be limiting factors in eventing. Everyone from Buck Davidson, William Fox-Pitt and Karen O'Connor compete at the same level.

                                      Locally, I see all shapes and sizes. The important thing is how you ride the horse. I have seen smaller people who ride like a sack of potatoes and tend to make a horse more back sore than larger. The 'picture' does not matter either, as it does in disciplines like hunter, so people are less worried about how they look on the horse, as long as they can get the job done.


                                      • #20
                                        my boys are pretty tall - they have only evented to pt - were ready for training and we sold their horses - they both now have new horses that we are hoping will take them much higher - young horses though so it may take a bit - in any event they are 6'1 and 6'3 - both about 200 lbs - so they are pretty tall.